The space designated for treating dengue fever patients became operational on Friday (February 2). Photo: Videopress Producer
A humidification room to care for patients diagnosed with dengue, chikungunya and Zika was opened on Friday (February 2) at the Julia Kubitschek Hospital, in the Barreiro district, in Belo Horizonte. The unit has the capacity to serve up to 300 people per day. This is another measure to combat diseases transmitted by Aedes aegypti, which has been developed The state of Minas Gerais is in a state of emergency.
“We are at the level of situations where it is necessary to open this volumetric rehydration unit. The patient, upon arrival, receives a cup to start oral hydration. And depending on the severity classification, whether it is dengue A or B or dengue A or B,” the Minister of Health explained in The state, Fabio Paceretti, said that “in case of infection with C or D, he is referred for intravenous hydration. From there, he can be discharged or referred to the clinic or intensive care beds, depending on the severity.” Patients are hospitalized in the Julia Kubitschek Unit, which has 12 beds and 30 ICU beds.
The humidification room is open from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. The space is designed with 21 tubes for intravenous hydration and 30 tubes for oral hydration. Patients can come to the unit or be referred by medical teams when fluid replacement is necessary.
“This model is what we consider ideal, and it is organized according to risk levels, and it will be replicated throughout the state. A hospital in Juiz de Fora, in Zona da Mata), which is also a dengue reserve, we also have financial resources,” he added: “130 million Brazilian reais.” In addition to training teams. “With this, we hope that this model will be replicated and we will not see such a high number of historical deaths from dengue and chikungya.”
Since January 27, the state of Minas Gerais has been in a state of emergency due to dengue and chikungunya. Five people died due to dengue fever in the state. Belo Horizonte has not yet declared a state of emergency due to these diseases. However, it has adopted a contingency plan to ensure patient care and avoid new outbreaks of mosquito infestations.
“Last year, when we were not talking about dengue, we had almost 400,000 cases, and this year, we are just talking about that. There are expectations of more than 800,000 cases in Minas. These measures are for prevention and also “help is in the field of Health is essential and we are counting on the support of residents to avoid leaving an outbreak indoors. Regarding deaths, we want as few as possible, as few deaths as possible in our history. Our focus, which includes this measure, is to prevent deaths. We will have deaths, but we want that number to be as low as possible in our state,” the Minister stated.
Actions taken by BH City
In addition to the exclusive care unit for treating patients infected with arboviruses, Belo Horizonte City Hall also opened another similar space in the Central and South area. The unit began work on Thursday (February 1). This Saturday (3), a similar opening ceremony will be held at Venda Nova.
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